Installing iOS 7 Beta

iO7 App ImageIf you can’t wait to get your hands on Apple’s new iOS 7 update you can get access to it through an Apple Developer Account. You’ll have to pay £59 for the privilege if you don’t already have one. You can get signed up here.

The developer program is aimed at developers (surprisingly) and allows you to release apps to the App Store. The £59 is a yearly subscription fee but gains you access to the latest test builds. Once you have an account it’s easy to get iOS 7 downloaded for your iPhone.

IMPORTANT: Apple does state you cannot restore versions of iOS 7 beta to a previous version so make sure you want to kiss goodbye to your lickable buttons and familiar interface.

  • Step 1. Head over to the iOS Dev Center Once there select the iOS7 beta tab and accept the terms and conditions.
  • Step 2. In the Downloads section, click to download the file related to your iPhone. More details about determining the exact model you have can be found here
  • Step 3. Once downloaded open iTunes and make sure you have the latest version downloaded.
  • Step 4. Plug in and backup your iPhone.
  • Step 5. With the phone plugged in and backed up (you did back it up, right?), hold down alt/option and select Restore. You must locate the file you downloaded from the Developer Center, it should end with .ipsw
  • Step 6. Grab a cuppa and sit back and wait for it to do it’s thing. It should reboot once it’s done and hey presto, you have the new less shiny, minimal iOS 7.

If you’re undecided you might want to check out my first impressions with the new iOS 7.